IPI says its US worker target remains 65%

IMPERIAL Pacific International still aims to have a workforce composed of 65 percent U.S workers.

IPI vice president for human resources Bertha Leon Guerrero presented data to the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Friday showing the company’s progress in hiring U.S. workers.

The casino-license agreement requires IPI to maintain a workforce made up of 65 percent U.S. workers which includes permanent residents and Freely Associated State citizens.

CNMI labor law requires at least a 30 percent U.S. workforce.

Leon Guerrero’s presentation indicated that as of April 2018, IPI’s U.S. labor pool had reached 44 percent, comprising 531 U.S. citizens, 91 permanent residents and 29 FAS citizens.

Fifty-six percent of the workforce includes 723 workers on CW permits, 71 employment authorization document holders, 18 H-1B visa holders and five E3 visa holders.

The total number of IPI casino employees was 1,468 as of April.

The recent cut in the cap on CW permits resulted in the departure of a significant number of its foreign workers, so IPI is now stepping up its efforts to recruit more eligible U.S. workers, Casino Commission Executive Director Edward Deleon Guerrero.

“We are of course monitoring their recruitment progress at all times,” he added. “We also look at the impact of the CW disruption. According to them, the CW restriction has caused significant problems in terms of retaining off-island CW’s. So they are now trying to recruit more eligible U.S. workers,” Edward Deleon Guerrero said.

IPI also informed the commission that due to lack of manpower the casino had to reduce the number of its gaming tables. The casino facility normally has 15 gaming tables.

“They had to adjust in light of the limited available manpower and this is a 24-hour operation. So they are reaching out to available workers,” the casino commission executive director said.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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